Amos’ Southend is closing early next year because apparently nothing cool can survive in the land of beige apartment buildings. Its last show will be March 4.
“The expansion of the business and retail corridor in South End is presenting many new challenges to successfully run a music venue and I feel we will not be able to continue to operate efficiently and properly serve our customers moving forward,” owner John Ellison said.
News like this doesn’t even surprise me anymore. It’s just sad. Just look at what’s happened to the local music scene over the past year in the name of “development”:
Add to that, The Milestone announced in April that it was in need of a serious renovation and needs help paying for it.
Now this with Amos’, which opened as a bar and bistro in Park Road Shopping Center from 1990-98 (that’s a fun fact) and reopened as a music venue in 2000 in its current location. Live music gives a city soul. We’re losing a lot of soul these days.
Soon, if you want to go see a show at a medium-sized rock club, your options are The Fillmore at SuperCoolTechCompany ThatActuallyDoesSomethingKindaBoring Music Factory or Banky McBankerson Amphitheater at SuperCoolTechCompany ThatActuallyDoesSomethingKindaBoring Music Factory. Oh, and Neighborhood Theater and The Visualite. Those places are still cool.
And let’s just take a look at South End specifically. I ranted a bit in last week’s CharlotteFive Podcast about how South End, with the closing of businesses like Common Market and the proliferation of beige apartment buildings, is getting decidedly less cool.
And, almost as if to prove my point — Amos’.
I hear people complain about Charlotte not having history. That’s a lie — Charlotte has a lot of history. But what creates this myth is exactly what we’re seeing right here. A little pocket of the city gets some soul, starts painting some graffiti on the wall, graffiti that may not be beautiful but people love it, and after a little while Charlotte comes in, takes a look, and says “Yeah, we should probably paint over that. Beige would look nice.”
Photo: T. Ortega Gaines/Charlotte Observer